6’4″ Alex Campbell rescued the home-town Lancers, scoring the final 5 points of the game in the final minute and making a game-saving defensive play at the end as Windsor came from behind to defeat the valiant Toronto Varsity Blues 89-88. The Blues again let a winnable game against a top opponent slip away – recall in the Blues first league match at Ryerson, Toronto led by 3 with only seconds remaining before losing on the final possession. This afternoon, Toronto led by 4 before Campbell knocked down a 3 with under a minute to play and then scored the winning basket with 7 seconds remaining.
For much of the pre-season, observers in and around the GTA were lamenting the inconsistent start to the season by the Blues. Indeed, until the Laval tournament, Toronto had not won a game and much of the reasoning behind the slow start had to do with the Blues not having 6’6″ all-conference forward Devin Johnson. More and more, Johnson is showing how important his presence is in the U of T lineup as he had 34 points and 8 rebounds this afternoon.
This is a Toronto team that is getting much closer. Today, turnovers on 3 of the final 4 possessions showed an inability to finish games that will come with maturity – Toronto has leads as large as 9 late in the third quarter before succumbing.